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The Slow Mental Torture of Bradley Manning

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 23, 2011

Quantico brass have apparently decided they’re going to harrass and deny visitation rights to the only person who they haven’t scared away from visiting Bradley Manning in solitary confinement:

Bradley ManningAt roughly 1:00 pm, upon driving onto the base at Quantico, David House and blogger Jane Hamsher were detained by military guards. House, who is on the Quantico Brig’s visitation list, has been visiting Bradley Manning in confinement since last September.

In December 2010, House came forward with testimony that he witnessed a deterioration in Manning’s physical and mental state due to the conditions of solitary confinement. House traveled to the Quantico brig to check up on Bradley’s well-being after a week in which Manning’s lawyer filed an Article 138 complaint over Manning’s mistreatment at Quantico. House and Hamsher also planned to deliver a 42,000 signature strong petition calling for an end to the inhumane conditions that Manning is being held. Upon arriving at the main entrance at Quantico, House and Hamsher were stopped and detained by military police who provided no explanation of detainment aside from a statement from one MP that his orders to detain had “come from the top.”

Manning is incarcerated because of the word of Adrian Lamo. It’s obvious to everyone who’s looked closely at Lamo’s evidence and actions that he is a grossly unreliable witness who cannot be put on the witness stand; therefore, the DOD’s game plan seems to be to break Bradley Manning in the hope that he’ll tell them what they want to hear. However, breaking people in this fashion doesn’t provide truthful testimony, or even coherent lies. Instead, it just wrecks them in such a way that they can’t be put back together again.

6 Responses to “The Slow Mental Torture of Bradley Manning”

  1. Stormcrow said

    .. therefore, the DOD’s game plan seems to be to break Bradley Manning in the hope that he’ll tell them what they want to hear.

    This is the default motive usually ascribed to judicial torture.

    I wonder if it’s the correct default motive.

    I think they’re not trying to extract a message, they’re trying to send a message.

    This guy fucked with us. Watch what we do to him. We can do this to you, too. Bear that in mind.

  2. Charles II said

    The only hope the USG has to limit the damage is to discredit the Wikileakers. I would guess that’s the main motive in the treatment on Manning. Assuming he actually is the guy who leaked the documents.

    Adding: Jane deserves a Medal of Freedom for her work on this, since it is definitely not in the national interests of the United States to establish a reputation as a nation of torturers.

  3. Dave Porter said

    Isn’t Jane Hamsher a lawyer, licensed to practice in the District of Columbia?
    If so, and she has an arguable case for visiting Mr. Manning for the purpose of
    providing legal counsel, this gets even more interesting.

    • She’s not a lawyer, but she knows some pretty darned good ones.

      The NYT/AP story has the Quantico brass saying that they were detained because Jane’s tabs expired. Which is bullshit, because as she said tonight:

      I am very happy that I went, and could be there to support David, because one of the first things the MPs said to us when we arrived — long before they asked for driver’s license, social security numbers, registration, phone numbers, quizzed us about the addresses on our licenses, etc, etc, was that they had orders to do all of this. Which means they were planning to detain us long before we got there. They were going to use any excuse to keep David from visiting Manning, and try to intimidate him from coming back

  4. MEC said

    If they break Bradley Manning, then whatever truth he ultimately speaks can be attributed to “delusion”. Funny how that works out.

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